Taylor-Lauridsen Playground Park

  • 704 W. 42nd St.   Chicago, Illinois 60609 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Rebecca Koenig
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6729

Located in the New City Community Area, Taylor-Lauridsen Park totals 4.68 acres and features a new state-of-the-art field house, completed in 2010 which houses a gymnasium, fitness center and meeting rooms.

Outside, the park offers a soft surface playground, an athletic field for football or soccer and a baseball field. Many of these spaces are available for rental.

Park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Taylor-Lauridsen Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday events and Night Out in the Parks movies and concerts.

History

The New City community grew up around Chicago's world-renowned Union Stock Yards, founded in 1865. By the first decades of the 20th century, the stock yards and related industries had brought successive waves of immigrant laborers into the neighborhood. New City's population reached 92,659 in 1920.

In 1922, the city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation decided to establish a much-needed park in the northeast corner of the neighborhood. However, condemnation proceedings delayed development for more than five years.

Finally, in 1928, the bureau improved the site with a gravel-surfaced playground and ball diamond, an oval wading pool with a pergola shelter, and a small office building with open sand court wings. In the years following World War II, the building wings were enclosed to create a year-round recreational building, and the wading pool was converted to a spray pool.

In 1959, the city transferred the park to the Chicago Park District, along with more than 250 other properties. After paving the playground in 1964, the park district made more extensive improvements in the late 1980s and 1990s, constructing a soft surface playground and enclosing the park with ornamental fencing.

The park and adjacent Graham Elementary School are jointly operated by the park district and the Board of Education. The park was long known as Boyce Field. In September, 1976, the park district renamed the site Taylor-Lauridsen Park at the request of numerous community groups and organizations.

The park's new name honors highly-regarded neighborhood residents John Taylor and Emil Lauridsen, who were murdered on March 13, 1976 after stepping in to help a 15-year-old who was being attacked by four assailants.

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Taylor-Lauridsen Diamond

Taylor-Lauridsen Diamond

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Fieldhouse

Taylor-Lauridsen Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Hours: , ,

Taylor-Lauridsen Fitness Center

Taylor-Lauridsen Fitness Center

Hours: , ,

Notes:

Sign up for a membership: Month, 3 Month, Year

Taylor-Lauridsen Football Field

Taylor-Lauridsen Football Field

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Descriptors: Grass

Taylor-Lauridsen Gymnasium

Taylor-Lauridsen Gymnasium

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Clubroom

Taylor-Lauridsen Clubroom

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Playground

Taylor-Lauridsen PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Taylor-Lauridsen Sprinkler

Taylor-Lauridsen Sprinkler

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 14, 2017.

Click on the program name links below for program descriptions, availability information and to register online now (if available).

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Taylor-Lauridsen 205089InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 7Coed2017/09/11 21:15From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 23, 2017
$10.00
Arts & Crafts at Taylor-Lauridsen 205088InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, October 27, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$10.00
Basketball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 205286OpenSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2017/09/11 20:00From September 11, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$0
Basketball League at Taylor-Lauridsen 205417Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 13Male2017/11/08 00:00From November 7, 2017 to March 6, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
$221.00
Basketball League at Taylor-Lauridsen 205416Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 15Male2017/11/01 23:00From November 1, 2017 to March 7, 2018
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm
$221.00
Basketball Skills at Taylor-Lauridsen 205454InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 12Coed2017/09/12 21:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Thursday, November 23, 2017
$13.00
Bitty Basketball at Taylor-Lauridsen 205518InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 7Coed2017/09/15 20:30From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, October 27, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$10.00
Boot Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 206017InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/11 22:30From September 11, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$13.00
Boot Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 206016InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/13 22:30From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$13.00
Chair Exercise at Taylor-Lauridsen 205635InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/12 18:15From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Thursday, November 23, 2017
$0
Dodgeball at Taylor-Lauridsen 205880InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 7 but less than 12Coed2017/09/12 22:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Thursday, November 23, 2017
From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, October 26, 2017
$13.00
Dodgeball at Taylor-Lauridsen 205880InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 7 but less than 12Coed2017/09/12 22:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Thursday, November 23, 2017
From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, October 26, 2017
$13.00
Floor Hockey at Taylor-Lauridsen 206111InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2017/09/11 21:45From September 11, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Monday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 23, 2017
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
$13.00
Gymnastics at Taylor-Lauridsen 206260InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
$10.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Taylor-Lauridsen 206880InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2017/09/11 16:00From September 11, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 23, 2017
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
$21.00
Pinochle Club at Taylor-Lauridsen 207229OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/09/14 15:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to 2pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 23, 2017
$0
Play School at Taylor-Lauridsen 222013InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 17:30From September 11, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$32.00
Senior Citizens Club at Taylor-Lauridsen 207576OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/09/11 14:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 1pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Taylor-Lauridsen 207577OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/09/12 17:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from Noon to 3pm
$0
Soccer at Taylor-Lauridsen 222014InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 21:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$10.00
Soccer at Taylor-Lauridsen 222015InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2017/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$10.00
Step Aerobics at Taylor-Lauridsen 222016InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2017/09/12 22:30From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Thursday, November 23, 2017
$20.00
Step Aerobics at Taylor-Lauridsen 207824InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2017/09/13 23:30From September 13, 2017 to November 22, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$13.00
Strength & Conditioning at Taylor-Lauridsen 207861InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/11 18:15From September 11, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 23, 2017
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
$0
Tiny Tot Sports at Taylor-Lauridsen 206186InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 22:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
$10.00
Volleyball at Taylor-Lauridsen 208463InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/09/12 21:15From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Thursday, November 23, 2017
$13.00
Volleyball at Taylor-Lauridsen 208464InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 22:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
$10.00
Volleyball League at Taylor-Lauridsen 222017Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2017/09/11 23:30From September 11, 2017 to December 18, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$120.00
Volleyball League at Taylor-Lauridsen 208485Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 11 but less than 13Female2017/10/05 23:00From October 5, 2017 to March 1, 2018
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$221.00
Volleyball League at Taylor-Lauridsen 208484Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 15Female2017/10/06 21:30From October 6, 2017 to March 2, 2018
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 9pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, January 5, 2018
$221.00
Winter Break Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 208585CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/12/26 17:00From December 26, 2017 to January 5, 2018
Each Tuesday from 11am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 2pm
Each Friday from 11am to 2pm
$26.00
Yoga at Taylor-Lauridsen 208692InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/09/14 00:30From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:15pm
$15.00
Yoga/Pilates at Taylor-Lauridsen 208710InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/09/11 23:30From September 11, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$17.00

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Located in the New City Community Area, Taylor-Lauridsen Park totals 4.68 acres and features a new state-of-the-art field house, completed in 2010 which houses a gymnasium, fitness center and meeting rooms.

Outside, the park offers a soft surface playground, an athletic field for football or soccer and a baseball field. Many of these spaces are available for rental.

Park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Taylor-Lauridsen Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday events and Night Out in the Parks movies and concerts.

The New City community grew up around Chicago's world-renowned Union Stock Yards, founded in 1865. By the first decades of the 20th century, the stock yards and related industries had brought successive waves of immigrant laborers into the neighborhood. New City's population reached 92,659 in 1920.

In 1922, the city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation decided to establish a much-needed park in the northeast corner of the neighborhood. However, condemnation proceedings delayed development for more than five years.

Finally, in 1928, the bureau improved the site with a gravel-surfaced playground and ball diamond, an oval wading pool with a pergola shelter, and a small office building with open sand court wings. In the years following World War II, the building wings were enclosed to create a year-round recreational building, and the wading pool was converted to a spray pool.

In 1959, the city transferred the park to the Chicago Park District, along with more than 250 other properties. After paving the playground in 1964, the park district made more extensive improvements in the late 1980s and 1990s, constructing a soft surface playground and enclosing the park with ornamental fencing.

The park and adjacent Graham Elementary School are jointly operated by the park district and the Board of Education. The park was long known as Boyce Field. In September, 1976, the park district renamed the site Taylor-Lauridsen Park at the request of numerous community groups and organizations.

The park's new name honors highly-regarded neighborhood residents John Taylor and Emil Lauridsen, who were murdered on March 13, 1976 after stepping in to help a 15-year-old who was being attacked by four assailants.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.